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discusses his book "syria: the fall of the house of assad". >> thank youpa so much fors spending part of your afternoon with us here. behal myseuld like to welcome you all on behalf of david lesch and myself. this is a wonderful session.our. we're so happy they your here.ss i wanted to introduce david lesch to you. he is a professor of middle east history at trinity university iy san antonio.nker a prolific writer and thinker ot the middle east and what is t' happening in the region.e it's a treat to have him here today. he has written his new bookyriat "syria: the fall of the house of assad", which i'm hoping you you sign all purchase debt and assigned. again and sign my copy first. he has met extensively witheadi president assad and leading bete syrian officials.n the he has been in the middle east,, studying the middle east, makin, connections and reason that's he important is, of course, hee'son knows of what speaks. to write n without understanding the players, and lucky for us professor lesch knows quite a bit about what is happening in syria and can answer some of the very impo
perpetually divided, fragmented, unable to coalesce around a unifying vision of a post-assad syria. we've seen divisions among the external opposition, we've seen divisions inside syria, we've seen divisions among the arms groups, divisions based on ideology, divisions based on patrons and so forth. and the third factor is that the international community has remained at a stalemate, has been unable to reach a consensus on how to move forward in syria. we've seen three security council vetoes by russia and china causing many to call the u.n., essentially, ineffective in this crisis. so it's been the interplay of these three factors, i would argue, that has led syria down the path that it has taken. in terms of u.s. policy, u.s. policy is based on the objective of having assad, as president obama called for, step aside. this was back in august of 2011. the problem with u.s. policy is that it has continually been at conflict with itself in terms of how to achieve that objective while also achieving or protecting u.s. national security interests in the region. namely, i would argue, very understa
al-assad. we have a report narrated by jonathan rugman of "independent television news." >> reporter: it could be the west's worst nightmare. jubilant jihadist fighters near damascus. this group has captured a helicopter and these islamists are now in the vanguard of syria's rebel army. syrian warplanes and helicopters were filmed attacking the fringes of the capital today. and to the road to the international airport has been closed by fighting. and as that fighting intensifies much of syria's internet network has been cut. the government and opposition are blaming each other for the shutdown. whatever the truth, syria's regime is battling these men for its very survival. president assad's helicopters are being shot down. and even a mig jet was filmed tumbling from the sky. this rebel boasting that he's downed both a helicopter and a mig within 24 hours. these surface to air missiles have been looted from captured military bases. what do we first with it a voice can be heard asking. not everybody knows how this newfound firepower works. yet this islamist brigade near damascus now ha
't think the russians, you correct me, are committed to assad. >> no, not at all. >> they're not offering-- they are not committed to him they are basically saying we think there has to be some kind of negotiation to solve this thing rather than -- >> what they are saying is that it has to be syrian process, syrian lead process which everybody agrees to. we are against military intervention from outside. and whatever the syrians agree to is welcome to us except perhaps if you have a fundamentalist extremist group coming on top and governing the country. which i don't think is acceptable to anybody else. >> no one wants that, or someone but maybe iran. >> i done think so. i done think iran wants a fundamentalist sunni-- . >> rose: not sunni. >> state. >> rose: so explain to us because are you there and on the ground talking to people, what is it they fear and are those fears legitimate that people do not know who would come to power if assad leaves power? we'll go back again to the surprising aspect of the arab spring. nobody has predicted anything that has happened in the arab world since
of russia today, assad about offers of safe passage to another country in exchange for leaving power. >> he warned that foreign intervention in syria would have a domino impact around the world. we begin with the latest. >> here is where the first protests of assad took place. this video claims to show the result of a government air strike on the city's great mosque. meanwhile, rebels say they have taken one of the two remaining government-controlled posts along the turkish border. in a rare interview, bashar al- assad was defiant. speaking to russian television, he ruled out the possibility he might go into exile. >> i am syrian. i will live and die in syria. >> assad warned the west against military intervention in the country and said such a move would have global ramifications and warned any intervention would have what he called a domino effect. meanwhile, syrian opposition politicians are meeting in the qatari capital to try to form a unified group. the opposition is under pressure from the west to create a government in waiting that would be ready to take over if and when assad is no
assad out of office and ultimately end the bloodshed. on one hand, they're strengthening sangings. on the other, they're reaffirming their support for opposition forces. nhk world's akira saheki reports. >> reporter: delegates from more than 60 countries are attending the conference, including representatives from the gulf region and the west. they've met several times before, but this is the first time they've gathered in asia. the japanese government hosted the conference to help broaden the base of international support for sanctions against syria. >> translator: the international community has been asking the syrian government to end the violence. but the assad regime is continuing the fight, ignoring the sacrifices of its people. we need to unify our efforts and put pressure on the syrian government. >> reporter: delegates are trying to do just that. they're working to strengthen existing sanctions by creating a larger coalition and improving coordination between participating countries. >> the sanctions has been very effective. the regime lots its revenues in terms of oil ex
, margaret warner examines what the latest clashes tell us about the strength of the assad regime and of the opposition. >> brown: then, we update the growing unrest in egypt where the islamist-dominated assembly fast-tracked a vote on a new constitution. >> suarez: we continue our conversations with newly-elected senators. tonight, arizona republican, jeff flake. >> >> we're at a point on the fiscal issues where we have to reach an agreement and perhaps as we do so that will start the stage for the other areas as well. >> brown: fred de sam lazaro has the story of a minnesota non- profit that celebrates diversity and the power of dance. >> they're one of the few companies that within their own work spans so many kinds of different style, from classical ballet to modern danceo contemporary performance to urban dance. >> suarez: and we look at college sports teams, moving from conference to conference, playing a game of musical chairs where the end goal is more money from lucrative tv contracts. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour
prime minister david cameron has suggested that syrian president bush are assad -- bashar al assad could be offered immunity if he agreed to leave power and leave the country. >> at the same time, united nations envoy warned that syria risks becoming a failed state like somalia. in syria, self activists said more than 100 people were killed across the country, including the brother of syria's parliament speaker. >> for months, the syrian president's army has been hunting down opposition activists. rebels have been attacked with bombs and grenades. this internet footage is thought to show a city not far from homs ,. seven people were reported killed in this attack alone. russia's foreign minister met with jordan's foreign minister. he also held private talks with the former syrian prime minister. the former assad ally defected to the opposition in august. he faces tough questions about why russia continues to supply assad with weapons. >> we are only honoring contracts that were agreed some time ago. the supplies have nothing to do with the current conflict. they are merely supposed to he
assad vows to live and die in syria, striking a violent note as the violence continues. and born into indian royalty, she risk her life behind enemy lines during world war ii. today she is finally honored for sacrifice. >> welcome to our viewers on public television and also around the globe and. tonight, the princess is installing the menu are going to leave china -- the process to install the men who are going to lead and china is under way. the outgoing china -- the outgoing president told them the correction is so-called -- so bad in china it could threaten leadership of the state. >> two days after america elected its president, china has begun the process of anointing its next leader. but no election here, instead, 2000 communist party delegates, including many from the army gathered for their progress. .hina's 1.3 billion people the communist party has reform in china, but not in a normal way. it is an anomaly. is an authoritarian regime running the world's second- biggest economy. modern leaders paying homage to pass commonness, mouse at all -- mao tse tung included. >> w
assad. they elected the president of the syrian national coalition for opposition and revolutionary forces. he was the imam of a historic mosque in damascus. authorities jailed him several times for criticizing assad. he fled into exile. members of more than 50 opposition groups negotiated for a week. the foreign minimum sters of qatar and turkey took part. they want to get more access to weapons and funding from abroad. >>> israeli military officials say they fired what they called a warning shot into syria. they say they responded after a stray shell landed in the israeli occupied golan heights. a defense official said a shell fired from syria landed near a military post, and the officials say they realize it was a mistake. still, they returned fire with an anti-tank missile. this is the first time israeli units have fired on syria since the 1973 middle east war. they've tried to stay out of the fighting there, but gunfire hit a military vehicle earlier in month. israeli officials say they filed aa complaint with the united nations, which monitors the cease-fire between the two co
of your pilots, assad. this is not an isolated incident. in the same vicinity close to the city in a span of 24 hours rebels claim they not only brought down this fighter jet, but also, two helicopters. video posted to youtube shows a trail of smoke and a helicopter bursting in to flames but there's no way for us to confirm when and where this happened. these dramatic developments are a result of a pitched battle fought here at the 46 regiment base just over a week ago. for nearly two months hassan tells us they laid siege to the base after clearing the villages around it of assad's forces and positioning rebel snipers in the area. the final battle to take this massive base lasted 24 hours chls rebel fighters used artillery captured of another unit on the base firing in it to the building and ending the battle. for this rebel unit, there was a treasure trove of weaponry and most important of all, anti-aircraft missiles, hurgss of them. though not all functioning the fighters tell us. video posted to youtube right after the assault took place shows stacks of metal boxes packed with soviet
that recent gains scored by rebels may be triggering a brutal response from assad's forces. meantime, word that the united states is weighing new strategies for getting involved in the conflict. a lot of late-breaking developments to cover. we will get a report from arwa damon, one of the few reporters inside syria, right now. >>> in syria there's a sense of growing urgency and anxiety. we will get to why in a moment. first, i would like to show you some images that are quite frankly very disturbing and we want to warn you, extremely graphic. but above all, they are a reminder of why we care so much about this story. why we have been devoting so much time to covering it. we think it's important for the rest of the world to see what's happening to the syrian people. according to the opposition, a government air strike hit a residential area in south-central aleppo, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more. we blurred the most graphic details in the video, which appears to have been shot moments after the strike. you can see how thick the dust is in the air as men rush to the scene. like o
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feltenthal. where is mark? >> thank you. mr. president, the assad regime is involved in a brutal bara crackdown on its people. france is spoupporting -- is the any chance that we would support the rebels? >> i was one of the first that said assad had to go. in response to the incredible brutality that his government displayed in the face of what were initially peaceful protests. the situation has deteriorated since then. we have been extensively engaged with the situation. we have committed hundreds of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid. we're constantly consulting with the opposition on how they can get organized so that they're not splintered and divided in the face of the onslaught from the assad regime. we're in very close contact with countries like turkey and jordan. that immediately border syria and have an impact and obviously, israel, which is having grave concerns, as we do, for example, about movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere. it could have an impact on the region as a whole. i'm encouraged to see that the opposition created an
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assad is vowing to stay in syria, despite western calls for his departure. in the midst of the syria bloody civil war. correspondent leland vittert has that story from jerusalem. >> incoming missiles and the explosions reverberate around the capital but the rebels can now fire back at the regime. this uncomfortable amateur video shows rebels firing mortals toward what they claim as assad's palaces. in a rare interview broadcast on russian television assad remained defiant. >> many of president assad's seasonals are dying. rebels assault the government barracks in coordinated attac attacks. the video show the government troops who don't die in the battle are executed either in groups or shot in the street. president assad warned the world against coming after him. >> i think if this happened going -- [ inaudible ] >> tough words come as turkey floated the idea deploying american made patriot anti-aircraft missiles along the syrian border to create a safe zone of sorts where zillians and rebels would be protected from the syrian air force jets. assad said he doesn't think the west will
in jerusalem. hello, connor. >> forces loyal to bashar assad show a city of aleppo while rebels filed mortars at the damascus international airport causing damage to the runway to force several airlines to cancel their flight. >> the assad regime air superior over the syrian rebels appears to be disappea disappearing. in the past 24 hours they shut down two helicopters. rebels used the antiaircraft guns to shoot down the helicopters in the past. but now they have access to more shoulder-to-air missiles. >> we have shut down mitt-23 jet with this missile from the syrian army. >> but where the weapons truly come from is a mystery. both qatar and turkey reportedly have given fighters advance ited missiles on training and weapons confiscated from the syrian army. this comes as the white house is rethinking its approach to the two-year long war. claiming the lives of more than 4,000 syrians. the most controversial decision centers on arming the free syrian armies. so far the u.s. only provided nonlethal support like radio and communication equipment. some administration officials are privately pus
assad says he will live and die in syria. he dismissed rumors he will leave his country and warned against any military intervention. he says he is staying where he is and a foreign intervention woulead to a catastrophe. >> it will have a domino affect. >> government and opposition forces have not let up in their fact. the rebels fired at the presidenti pale in damascus on wednesday where assad is believed to be staying. >>> japanese lead esers are concerned about the number of ships from china's waters to the east sea. chinese ships started to appear in japanese waters on a regular basis in september just after japan nationalized three of the century senkaku islands. >>> chinese leaders are taking part in a process that's highly control and highly secretive. the meeting happens every five years. delegates will approve new policies and appoint leaders for the five years to come. >> reporter: the congress opened thursday morning in beijing's great hall of the people. it's about a ten-minute drive from our studios. i went there to watch it all unfold. 2300 delegates from across the c
strengthening sanctions. japanese officials say the aim is to get assad to stop the violence against his own people. delegates from more than 60 countries are attended the conference. they include representatives from the gulf region and the west. it's the first meeting of its kind in asia. a spokesperson for the syrian national coalition talked to nhk in egypt ahead of the conference. it was called for nations to work together. >> we need more than that. we have two ways. putting pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime and that's what will be useful or supporting military. or make free zone and no fly zone. >> the japanese government has frozen assets held in japan by assad. it took the action last year. >>> a court in south korea is dealing with a legal matter. it's will decide whether to extradite a chinese national to japan for starting a fire. the site honors japan's war dead including war criminals. tokyo police suspect a fire was set to the gate last december. he already served a ten month pri prison term for throwing four fire bombs at the embassy. officials
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gains scored by rebels may be triggering a brutal response from assad's forces. meantime, word that the united states is weighing new strategies for getting involved in the conflict. a lot of late-breaking developments to cover. we will get a report from arwa damon, one of the few reporters inside syria, right now. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. of washington about the future of medicare and social security. anncr: but you deserve straight talk about the options on the... table and what they mean for you and your family. ancr: aarp is cutting through all the political spin. because for our 37 million members, only one word counts. get the facts at earnedasay.org. let's keep medicare... and social security strong for generations to come. >>> in syria there's a sense of growing urgency and anxi
to get assad out of syria. >>jonathan: there is a sense among this allies there is an opportunity here, with the british prime minister cameron putting pressure on president obama. in fact, he said yesterday, he wants to talk directing to president obama to find identity what they can do to end the blood should. the prime minister in an interview raised the possibility of providing safe passage for president assad if he agrees to resign. >> that can be anything. anything to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in syria. of course, i would favor him facing the full force of international law and justice for what he has done but anything to get that man out of the country. >>jonathan: there is the possibility now that turkey will deploy u.s. made patriot missiles to their border with syria but they have to have a formal request made by the turkey through nato. >>shepard: a safe exit for assad some have suggested that could be the best way. what does it mean? >>jonathan: officials saying, choosing words carefully, because as you imply, in the eyes of some, it coul
of all, for the longest time, many people thought the fall of assad was inevitable so we would not have to do that much to provoke it. i'm not so sure, not because i don't think this insurgency is effected. i have been on the receiving end of a number of insurgencies in my career is. this is a very powerful and effective one. iran has command -- has committed -- syria has committed powerful friends that appear to be ready to go to the mat to make sure the assad regime will stay in power. that is russia and iran. the result could be an assad that stays in power, an iranian victory that will mark the good for our efforts to move iran to the negotiating table on nuclear weapons, and, in wide portions of syria, and no man's land like the somalia were militants associate with al-qaeda will find a new home. we already see some of this. this is another reason why the administration needs to engage through military means of necessary directly or indirectly providing weapons and things like no-fly zones. we need to do more urgently and this thing will slip out of control. at best, in syria, we w
. >> warner >> warner: just 25 miles from aleppo, which is being pounded into dust by bashar al assad's air force, the syrian town of afrin is a picturomestic tranquility. but that's because it's being run by a relatively unknown player in syria's civil war: syrian kurds. they fly the banned kurdish flag in a symbol of defiance and pride. the kurds took control of the town after the government's overstretched ground forces withdrew earlier this year. the kurds quickly demolished the regime's jailhouse. but much of life here seems normal: olive groves are being tended, and there's a new school for women, who were denied education before. >> there are three forces in syria: the regime force, the free army force, and we became the third line in this struggle. >> warner: atoof abdo heads the new people's council in afrin. >> every community has its own destiny now, so as a free city, we implementing self-government. >> warner: throughout syria, the people are getting nearer to freedom and to democracy. the world's estimated 30 million ethnic kurds are most concentrated in four countries: turkey
that in northwestern syria where assad's ground forces had withdrawn but the reulentless bombing from the air continued. so people were still dying there. then as we have moved eastward in turkey, on the turkish side of the border, it's apparent that the violence in syria, the fighting is also moving eastward, too. and the new wrinkle here is that in some areas from which the government forces have withdrawn, there's now a new battle front between the kurds, who have taken control of some of these towns; and the free syrian army it's rebels -- who are otherwise winning territory in other parts of syria. so, actually, as you you said, the conflict is widening. there are more players, and of course that will only bring more loss of life. >> suarez: the kurds,sh, a transnational people, living in turkey, in iraq, and in syria. but i thought the old idea was the enemy of my enemy is my friend. how come the free stir croon forces are fighting against the kurds? >> warner: well, that old adannual doesn't arb ply to syria's kurds. syria's kurds have been so marginalized, perhaps the most in any of-- there are
to patients. turkey finally woke up after i say to assad -- surrender power so that the killing will stop and then leave the country. >> the turkish army has since been reinforcing its troop presence along the border and retaliating with artillery fire. the border crossing has been closed for some time. the area has seen plenty of cross-border smuggling at night. not just food and medicine, but apparently also arms. the area directly over the border is controlled by rebels. the syrian government has blamed mortar attacks on them. that is a charge the local ommander denies. >> it was a deliberate provocation. the assad regime is weak and therefore wants to internationalize this war and get turkey involved. >> the rebels would certainly welcome turkish military involvement on their side. ankara has already committed the free syrian army to treat this wounded in secret makeshift clinics inside turkey. in addition, the turkish red crescent is sheltering more than 100,000 syrian refugees. dascus now sees an, as an enemy. the turks in turn are threatening open war on their neighbor. while the t
be a credible political alternative to the upside receive. -- the assad regime. >> the opposition coalition needs international recognition. france jump first. britain will be close behind. that means they could be sued arming the rebels, but the u.n. embargo will have to be lifted first. the aim? tipping the balance against president assad. the signals today could hardly be clearer. this seemed to be itching to announce formal recognition of the new opposition coalition if the president can be brought down. >> they represent about 90% of the forces on the ground. we are in dialogue with other opposition forces of the coalition. i think the british and international community recognizes the presentation the coalition has. >> still, the crisis in serial worsens by the day. these refugees are risking heading home again, partly in fear of what without adequate shelter, out partly trusting opposition rebels to grow stronger. >>> another sign of the changes in the middle east, clashes have broken out in jordan between anti-government protesters and supporters of the cane. -- of the king abdullah
and syria not become a base and protection of iranian policy and from that point of view assad's victory in the civil war would be against the american national interests. from that point of view it is desirable to -- if you look at the performance of the rebels up to now, we have to be careful not to repeat in syria what we did in afghanistan of ethnic groups if they achieve total victory, a significant sash of their own -- extremely complicated. i am opposed to using american ground forces or american military forces except for the objective of weakening the iranian position and engage in diplomatic activity, i would aim -- >> let me ask my final question and i will open and up. on a broader point you started to touch on which is fair to say we have seen a wide variety of american leadership roles or attempted leadership roles in the last decade. i am curious how you would define the proper leadership goal for the united states at this point at the beginning of the 20 first century? how do you define the role of the u.s. what to play and how we are playing the role now? >> let me set u
two car bombs ripped through damascus suburb today. it is known for being loyal to president assad. the more than 30 were killed. over 80 were injured. the attack comes as fighting inside the country intensifies, making the refugee situation even worse. according to the united nations, more than 100,000 have fled into lebanon. and thousands more are on the waiting list. the war has put huge strains on neighboring countries, leading many struggling. -- leaving many families struggling. and >> the northern border of lebanon with syria, this is where thousands of refugees have escaped in august to years to escape serious moral and war -- syria's pergo civil war. -- berchtold civil war. this family had fled here because it's other boy, 3-year- old mohammed, had been abducted by pro-government militia and was presumed dead. now he has had to move on. the baby is older and stronger, but the family was forced to leave the school because of tensions because -- between local lebanese and the refugees. >> we left because of all the trouble there. sometimes i did not feel safe to be in a room
president bashir al assad denies the syrian army is killing syrian people. in an interview with russian tv assad said there's no problem between him and the syrian people. there is no civil war in syria. and the 19 month uprising is the problem of terrorism. he said he's not leaving, i will live and die in syria. >>> an update on that young pakistani girl targeted by the taliban. the british hospital where malala yousufzai is recovering released this video of her. she was shot in the head by the taliban in october for speaking out against militants and call for education for women. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton remembered slain u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. she gave an award to stevens sister yesterday. clinton called stevens a fallen hero. designee understood that we will never prevent every act of terrorism or achieve perfect security in this world. and that our diplomats cannot work in bunkers and do their job. that we inevitably must accept a level of risk to protect our country. >> stevens and three other americans were killed during the attack in benghazi. next wee
on syria. >> i believe that assad must go. >> assad has to go. >> i don't want to have our military involved in syria. >> for us to get more entangled militarily in syria is a serious step. >> so the right course for us is working through our partners -- >> -- in consultation with our partners -- >> -- to identify responsible parties within syria. >> mobilizing the moderate forces. >> organize them. >> helping the operation organize. >> we need to make sure -- >> making absolutely certain -- >> that they don't have arms -- >> -- arms ? >> the wrong hands. >> to hurt us down the road. (. >> (both together) thank you. (cheers and applause) >> jon: wow, what the hell was that? on foreign policy it appears that all that's left for the presidential race is this one model. i mean, at least we still get our choice of color but it's the same model! (laughter) what the hell's romney up to? the whole debate was a tour of bizarro land. here's romney on the afghanistan withdrawal. >> well, we're going to be finished by 2014 and when i'm president we'll make sure we bring our troops out by the e
that a lot of the assad military are using weapons they've got from iran. is that true? and how long will you continue to support assad, given the appalling conditions, the humanitarian catastrophe that we are all watching? at what point do you, the president of iran, say enough of this violence? >> translator: i do believe that we must all say enough of this violence right now. six months ago i said enough of this violence. our opinion, vis-a-vis the issue of syria and other nations, is completely clear. we do believe that freedom, the right to choose, the right to vote, respect and justice is the fundamental right of all people. all people must obtain these rights. no one has the right to restrict a people and nation, but we believe, as a friend of nations, we must help the nations around the world to obtain these rights through peaceful paths, through peaceful actions, and we have worked hard. i am now hard at work to organize a contact group in order to bring the two sides into a point of national agreement. >> but, mr. president, do you condemn the level of violence that president assad
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